On the Horizon: Shiny Like an Oyster in a Shell, The Stepkids.

On the Horizon: Shiny Like an Oyster in a Shell, The Stepkids.

For reasons as yet unbeknownst to me, I’ve yet to get fully acquainted with Bridgeport, Connecticut’s cherished disco maestros The Stepkids although if you’re in a similarly ignorant position, here’s some superficial info I’ve gleaned over the wearying course of this afternoon. The trio comprising Tim Walsh, Jeff Gitelman and Dan Edinberg released an eponymous LP in the winter of 2011 as Wikipedia so reliably informs (their entry is incidentally invested with a pretty nifty psychedelic GIF), and are to follow it up with a sophomore recording entitled Troubadour later on this year as a blighter in my inbox has just dutifully filled in. And it’s a winsome one from that there latter, entitled The Lottery, which is today’s proverbial bonus ball to my ears: playing off that same blithe, slightly funk-blighted skip to be found in Chazwick Bundick’s skip, Ian Parton cut and paste samples plea we “roll the dice” over passé casino muzak to create an effect which, if at once chintzy, eventually becomes peculiarly compelling. Quite how four minutes can contain everything from brassy Sun Ra Arkestra parp to solid gold Spandau Ballet schmaltz; MJ-esque lyricisms of “lovers in pretty dreams” to scintillating Chic innuendo is anyone’s guess, although if anything’s going to make you feel a gazillion bucks on a drab and rainy Wednesday, it’s this real winner right here.

Troubadour is anticipated September 16th via Stones Throw Records.

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